Baylor football: Bears extend Art Briles through 2023

Art Briles will be Baylor's coach until the end of time

11/14/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Baylor reached deep into its wallet in effort to keep coach Art Briles from leaving for Texas at season's end, and it worked. The 58-year-old came to a deal to keep him in Waco through 2023 worth up to $45 million. Blog Photo - Baylor football: Bears extend Art Briles through 2023

This new contract makes Briles the fourth-highest paid coach in the country behind Alabama's Nick Saban, Texas' Mack Brown, and Oklahoma's Bob Stoops, and comes after a extension in 2012.

Since Briles' arrival in 2007, Baylor is 41-30 and now competing for a BCS bid and probable national championship appearance. The Bears had won three games or less in nine of 11 years before he took over, which goes to show how quickly he's changed the culture of the program.

Briles is most known for being the mastermind behind Baylor's incredibly potent offense. With quarterbacks such as Robert Griffin III, Nick Florence and now Bryce Petty—along with the new addition of a running game—his Bears have put more and more points on the board almost every year.

Here's a look at Baylor's progression since the 2007 season:
 
Year PPG Record
2007 18.2 3-9 (0-8 Big 12)
2008 28.0 4-8 (2-6)
2009 20.8 4-8 (1-7)
2010 31.2 7-6 (4-4)
2011 45.3 10-3 (6-3)
2012 44.5 8-5 (4-5)
2013 61.0 8-0 (5-0)

Unless the Longhorns win the Big 12 (which would require beating Baylor), Mack Brown is probably out of a coaching job in Austin. Many believed that Briles was the perfect to replace him, as he's already stolen numerous recruits from the state of Texas to completely turn around a failing program.

His decision to stick with Baylor—his "home," as he's stated multiple times—all but puts to rest the idea of him leaving for Texas. I mean, why would he leave serious job security, $4-4.5 million in the bank every year and the chance to win a national championship?

At least you still have Nick Saban, Texas. Right?


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